24 June 2009
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
[CIVIL WAR]. STUART, James Ewell Brown ("Jeb"), (1833-1864). Carte-de-visite portrait signed ("J.E.B. Stuart"), after an unidentified photographer (Vannerson, Richmond?), no date [1863 or 1864]. 3 7/8 x 2½ in., including mount. Verso without backstamp. Minor soiling. Boldly signed "J.E.B. Stuart" in lower portion of mount, with his typical very thin pen nib. A light signature; Stuart's ink evidently resisted the smooth surface of the card.
A VERY RARE, WAR-DATE SIGNED PORTRAIT of Stuart, arguably the finest cavalry commander of the Civil War. This example is the only signed carte-de-visite of Stuart of which we are aware. An attractive, vignetted version of the best war-date portrait of the Confederate cavalier cum warrior, in a seated pose in full Confederate uniform. One of Stuart's favorite maxims was "If you are in doubt what to do, attack."
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